India will vaccinate those who are above 60 years age against novel coronavirus , starting from next month. People above 45 years of age with comorbidities will also get jab during the next round of COVID-19 vaccine roll out, union minister Prakash Javadekar said on Wednesday.
The central government will rope in 10,000 government and 20,000 private clinics for vaccination commencing from 1 March. The COVID-19 vaccine will be given free of cost at government centres, Javadekar said.
Those who want to get vaccinated from private hospitals will have to pay. The amount they would need to pay will be decided by the health ministry within 3-4 days as they are in discussion with manufacturers & hospitals, Javadekar said.
India started nationwide coronavirus vaccine drive on 16 January. The country has granted emergency use authorisation to two COVID-19 vaccines — Pune-based Serum Institute of India’s Covishield and Hyderabad-based Bharat Biotech International Ltd’s Covaxin which are being used in the government’s vaccination drive.